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Kenya Tops the List With the Most Faithful Men in Africa

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A global report by MENCARE has indicated that Kenyan men are the most faithful in marriages among other African countries. Out of the 25 African countries in the continent ranked by the report, Kenya was found to have the lowest number of men with children out of wedlock and extra-marital affairs. However, this is contrary to the expectations of many people especially Kenyan women on the” faithfulness” of Kenyan men. This is if the number of dead beat fathers, family wrangles and divorce cases over infidelity reported on the media are anything to go by.
The report was published by MENCARE; a global campaign to promote men’s involvement in care giving and parenting. From this report, countries that topped the list of promiscuous men include Gabon, Liberia, Republic of Congo and Uganda where over 45% of men have had children outside their marriages. Kenya was also overtaken by other countries such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe.
Interestingly, this is the third time in a row similar findings have been reported by Mencare on this issue.
In generating this report, Mencare drew upon research and statistics from hundreds of studies covering all countries in the world with existing data. It also analyses multiple national and regional reports on the subject of interest. This particular research was formulated after reviews from various international research and data on men’s participation in caregiving and sexuality, reproductive health, and in child welfare. Data from men was collected from over 40 countries around the world.

The research titled "State of the World’s Fathers" described multi-women fathers (or unfaithful men for this matter) as those in polygamous relationships, married men cheating on their partners, and unmarried men having sexual relationships with different women.
MenCare is a worldwide campaign to promote boys and men involvement as equitable, non-violent care giving and parenting. Out of 39 countries around the globe, African take up 25 slots on the rankings where men have children with multiple women.

This report by the internationally renown organization ranking Kenya higher than her neighbors is certainly interestingly and comes as a surprise considering that in Kenya, extra-marital affairs appear to be the day to day norm rather an exception.
The report by MenCare also used the number children outside wedlock by men in marriages as the main metrics used to gauge unfaithfulness.
However, there could be an explanation why a lower number of Kenyan men are less likely to get children outside their marriages than their counterparts in the rest of Africa. According to the report, Kenyan men have high regard for contraceptives, when compared to their neighbors, who believe that contraception is a woman’s business that needs not worry them.
“In general, many women, men, communities, healthcare providers, and policymakers still perceive that fertility regulation, reproduction to be a woman’s role and responsibility,” says the report.
While less than 20% Kenyan men hold to the conventional belief that contraceptive issues ought to be solely left to women because they are the ones who get pregnant, more than 20 per cent of men in Uganda, Zimbambwe, Ghana, Senegal, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, perceive contraception issues to be out of their business.
Since its launch, the State of the World Fathers Report has continued to receive a significant level of media attention, featured in numerous news outlets including social and online media.


Silas Nyamweya (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 21, 2019:

True MG Singh, yes you were wrong on this!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 20, 2019:

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Very interesting. The findings of the research are contrary to my perception. Maybe I was wrong.

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